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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Action was heated on Friday as SUNY Geneseo moved into first place at the SUNYAC championship meet.

The Blue Wave won two events to take the lead with (472 points), followed by Cortland (436.50) who touched first in three events, Fredonia (400) and New Paltz (337.50) who captured two events.

The highlight of the night was in the 100-meter backstroke. New Paltz’s Yuka Suzuka raced to an automatic qualifying time of 55.53 earning herself a guaranteed trip to the National meet in March.

Her time also broke the conference and meet record as she became a three-time conference champion in the event. New Paltz also earned the top spot in the 400IM as Chelsea Allocco successfully defended her title with a B-cut time of 4:36.65.

Geneseo’s Abby Max won her second individual title in as many days when she captured the 200-meter freestyle in a winning time of 1:52.58. Max also teamed up with her sister Elyssa, Lily Powell and Corinne Vairo to win the 800 freestyle relay in 7:45.61. Geneseo was in a tight race with New Paltz until the final leg when Abby broke free with a split of 1:52.48 to win by five seconds against the Hawks.

Cortland’s Jessica Evans defended her title in the 100-meter butterfly as she clocked a 58.21, edging out New Paltz’s Carly Marshall (58.58). Michaela Auer won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.43 defeating Fredonia’s Stephanie Andrasek (1:07.53) and Geneseo’s Kaitlin Wilcoxen (1:07.73). Evans and Auer opened the night by teaming up with Katherine Harris and Sarah Culmo for the 200 medley relay in a winning time of 1:46.56, hitting the NCAA provisional cut mark.